Study the past to gain a deeper understanding of the human condition
The Bachelor of Arts in History at St. Edward’s engages you in the fascinating study of the human story, which informs us about our past and helps us to be actively engaged in our world today. The History major will learn about the richness and diversity of experiences that have unfolded over time and place, and how our understanding of our history is built and understood through the sophisticated analysis of sources.
History at St. Edward’s is taught to build your capacity to evaluate and analyze material and apply it to complex questions. You’ll delve into a broad range of topics from Chinese History to Radicals and Reformers, allowing you to learn about a wide variety of interests in your passion to understand the past. Over the course of your studies as a History major, you will have substantial flexibility to choose courses that align with their interests. By following the curriculum, these courses work together to…
- Build the skills of finding and analyzing evidence
- Understand the perspectives of the past
- Develop and communicate arguments
- Learn how to understand and appreciate other people and cultures
- Study the impact of people, ideas, and events on communities and the evolution of societies.
Through the building of an increasingly sophisticated set of skills through courses that provide a broad range of knowledge of the world and nurturing these skills prepares the History major for careers that require critical thinking, analytical skills and flexibility with others. This includes work in teaching, government service, private business, law and much more.
Major Requirements: The Bachelor of Arts in History requires 37 hours of History major courses, which include introductory courses in U.S. and World history, and advanced courses in U.S., European, and World History. Through these courses students build skills that help prepare them for future interests in a broad range of career fields.
Electives: In addition to History classes, students complete 29 hours of elective courses in any area of study they choose. These courses do not have to relate to the History major.
General Education Requirements: The History degree requires 54 hours of general education courses that students complete over four years in addition to their major courses and electives.
View and download the full degree plan for our History major (PDF).
A few examples of courses students in this major take:
- Introduction to Historical Methods – This class is designed to introduce students to how historians think, argue, research and write. The course will engage in a shared research project which will vary by semester.
- Civil Rights and Social Wrongs – This course is a survey of post-WWII movements for Civil Rights in the United States. The course explores issues of power, race, gender, and class in U.S. society.
- Wars of the 20th Century – This course will investigate causes and consequences of conflict focusing on how people understood a particular conflict and how it impacted different populations.
Our Faculty and Student Support Services
I approach each class with a keen sense of responsibility and opportunity: the responsibility to provide a well-designed, informative course through which students can improve their analytical and writing skills, and the opportunity to introduce students to a broader perspective to see and interact with the world.
– Dan Glenn, Associate Professor of History
Together with students in class, I explore our history as we come to understand the human condition more fully, considering how our world is connected and the complexities of peoples and societies in the past. By thinking and writing critically and considering the perspectives of people in different times and places, students develop skills that prepare them for professional life in which they use the wide range of skills developed in the classroom.
– Christie Wilson, Professor of History
Student Support Services
Along with personal attention and mentorship from their professors, our students have access to offices and programs outside of the classroom that support their success. We encourage students to take advantage these resources that help them thrive and excel:
- Academic counseling and advising
- Supplemental instruction and tutoring
- Career preparation and advising
- Writing Center consultation
- Health and wellness counseling
- Student disability support
Outside the Classroom
Students majoring in History can explore career paths and practical application of their studies through internships and interactions with the greater Austin community.
Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Alpha Theta is an Honors society for students with hours in History that is not limited only History majors.
World History Association of Texas and Phi Alpha Theta Annual Meeting:
These two organizations co-host an annual conference at St. Edward’s highlighting scholarship and teaching of world history, featuring work of students and scholars in the field.
Our internship program acquaints students with the practical experience of engaging with the many opportunities available in Austin. Our students have recently interned with museums and agencies such as:
- Bob Bullock State History Museum
- Texas Military Forces Museum
- Texas State Cemetery
- Texas State Library & Archives Commission
- Texas State Historical Commission, Archeology Lab
Our Bachelor of Arts in History graduates have entered career fields in a wide range of professional roles through education, politics, the arts and more.
Our graduates can potentially work as:
- Experts in local culture and history for an international employer
- Foreign service officers
- Archivists, working in a library or archive to assess, organize, preserve, and control access to records of all kinds
- Curators in a museum responsible for collections such as artwork, collectibles, and historic items
- Professional writers or editors
- Teachers in either an elementary or secondary school
Students can pursue further graduate or professional education in a variety of fields including: Archeology, Public History, Library Science, History, Business or Law School.
Read about our successful alumni. See what they have to say about life after St. Edward’s.
About the Minor
Students who wish to broaden their knowledge of history are encouraged to pursue a minor in History. Take the
Introduction to Historical Methods class and 15 more hours of courses on topics of your choosing, 9 of which are upper division.
To get a History minor, students must complete 18 total hours of coursework.
Required Coursework (18 hours):
- Introduction to Historical Methods (required)
- Five History elective courses, with at least three upper-division courses